Continuing with Michael's generous comments on the abstract and context within my research proposal, I've attached this edited pdf below.
And here's a summary of Michael's key points, some of which echo the themes from his general advice for the preparation of my literature review:
Following Michael's generous e-mail, I've summarised the key bits of advice he recommends with regard to my lit review:
When I e-mailed Michael just before Christmas I didn't expect an immediate response, and I certainly didn't anticipate that he would have gone into so much thought and detail. I'm going to post his full response below before working through the different items:
Hello there, James,
As ever, fantastic (and fantastically generous) stuff from Michael. To make best use of his tips I'm going to summarise them now in a separate post.
It's too late in the evening to attempt any reading, so instead I'm going to spend a bit of time drafting an email that I'll send to members of the MSc in E-Learning course team to see whether they are appropriate and willing to participate in an interview.
I've had a quick look at Vectors journal, linked from the image below. Vectors came up during conversation during my recent meeting with Sian where we talked about the audience for my dissertation. Although we agreed that it was better (in the first instance, at least) to 'write' with an internal audience in mind and not to aim for an online journal such as Vectors, with a view to my own mode of dissemination, I think the publication could be a useful sources of inspiration.
The introductory blurb on the website offers a nice description of the purpose of the journal and the approach it takes. I've highlighted below a line I particularly like, which offers a measured, sober description of how they favour a fusion between new and old media that extends ideas of traditional text scholarship, without proposing to replace text per se.
Utilizing a peer-reviewed format and under the guidance of an international board, Vectors features submissions and specially-commissioned works comprised of moving- and still-images; voice, music, and sound; computational and interactive structures; social software; and much more. Vectors doesn't seek to replace text; instead, we encourage a fusion of old and new media in order to foster ways of knowing and seeing that expand the rigid text-based paradigms of traditional scholarship. Simply put, we publish only works that need, for whatever reason, to exist in multimedia. In so doing, we aim to explore the immersive and experiential dimensions of emerging scholarly vernaculars across media platforms.
I'll come back to browse Vectors at a later stage and have thus left the according action within the things to do list in the side bar to the right.
Again, great (and speedy) support from the MSc course team, this time from Jen in response to my request for names of participants in her multimodal roundtable event:
yes, good idea. Here are the possibly relevant people who attended - hope it helps! I'd wait til January to approach them, though - everyone is probably feeling at capacity this week.
True to her word, Sian quickly contacted Dai Hounsell on my behalf in order to identify whether there was anyone he could suggest that I might approach with regard to possible crit observation. Here's Sian's e-mail (including Dai's response):
I'll draft my 'approach email' over Christmas and then send it at the very start of the new term. There doesn't seem much point in sending anything at this stage.
This will take place at 1.30pm on Friday 1 February. I need to submit my draft lit review in advance of this in order for us to have something to talk about.
This e-mail from Sian, with a link to work by Carey Jewitt on multimodality:
Good to see you earlier - here's the link to Carey Jewitt's work:
Sian described Carey Jewitt as being a key voice on multimodality and, having glanced at the linked information, she has written a great deal on the subject. Much to follow up, then.
In the new year I need to formally register for the dissertation. Here's the e-mail from Jen outlining what I need to do:
Thanks, James - I have the latter of the two proposals, and will file this. I'm copying Angie Hunter into this email, so that she knows that I have approved your registration for the dissertation, when the form arrives from Moodle.
I'll add this to the 'things to do' list in the side bar.